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The Key That Swallowed Joey Pigza

The Key that Swallowed Joey Pigza

Jack Gantos, Author

Farrar Straus Giroux, Fiction, Sep. 2, 2014

Pages: 154

Suitable for Ages: 10-14

Themes: ADD/ADHD, Family Relationships, Dysfunctional Families… 482 more words


Book review: Rotten Ralph's Rotten Family, by Jack Gantos, illustrated by Nicole Rubel

Gantos, Jack. Rotten Ralph’s Rotten Family. “A Rotten Ralph Rotten Reader”. Illustrated by Nicole Rubel. Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2014. $16.99. ISBN 9780374363536. 48 pgs. Ages 6-8. 80 more words

Book Reviews


1. Bibliography

Gantos, Jack. 2011. DEAD END IN NORVELT. New York: Square Fish. ISBN 1250010230

2. Plot Summary

In the summer of 1962, Jack Gantos was expecting to have the most exciting summer vacation in the town of Norvelt, Pennsylvania but finds himself being grounded by his parents for different reasons. 897 more words

Historical Fiction

Retiring Philippa

My pangs of envy and regret started even before Philippa Dickinson’s retirement festivities got under way on Monday. When you’re online you can see what everyone else is doing and quite a few people announced they were heading that way, making me wish I was too. 293 more words


Audrey reviews Desire Lines by Jack Gantos

Desire Lines is a slim little outlier volume from Jack Gantos. He’s known for his Joey Pigza middle-grade novels and his quasi-autobiographical middle-to-teen novels, and even for his early readers starring Rotten Ralph. 507 more words

Lesbrary Reviews

Exploring Literature Circles with Student Teachers

Yesterday with our pre-service PJ and JI literacy classes we explored the use of literature circles as part of a literacy program. The student teachers had read the novel… 431 more words


Guys Read: Funny Business

This series is a little different, but I already explained the guidelines in a previous blog post, so you can see that by clicking the tag on this post that says Guys Read, and it’ll take you there, or you can search with the search box above.. 84 more words

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